Important Travel Document Information – Please Read
You may be permitted to transit the United States if you already have a valid tourist (B) visa. You may be allowed to transit the United States on the Visa Waiver Program if you are a citizen of a participating nation.
- A foreign national heading to another country who will have a brief stopover in the United States for the sole purpose of transiting through the country.
- A passenger departing from a foreign port on a cruise ship or other vessel bound for a destination other than the United States, but the vessel makes port in the United States throughout the course of the journey with no intention of landing in the United States.
- A crewmember who is flying to the United States as a passenger to join a ship or aircraft on which he or she will work and provide operational services. A crewmember D visa, which is usually awarded as a hybrid C-1/D visa, is also required.
- Under the conditions of the Headquarters agreement with the United Nations, a foreign national travelling in immediate and continuous transit through the United States to or from the United Nations Headquarters District requires a diplomatic transit (C-2) visa. Within the United States, travel will be limited to the New York City area.
- A visitor (B) visa is required when a foreign national whose layover in the United States is for a major reason other than transit, such as visiting friends or sightseeing.
- A coasting officer who wishes to visit the United States will most likely need a visiting (B) visa. When an officer of a foreign ship is granted home leave while the vessel is in U.S. ports, coasting officers are temporarily employed, as long as the vessel is not in U.S. waters for more than 29 days. The coasting officer might then repeat the procedure with another foreign line vessel.
- A visitor (B) visa is usually necessary for a crew member on a private yacht sailing from a foreign port and cruising in US waters for more than 29 days.
- Passport valid for travel to the US – Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond your stay in the US (unless exempt by country-specific agreements). If your passport contains more than one person, each person who requires a visa must submit a separate application.
- Nonimmigrant Visa Application, Confirmation Page of Form DS-160
- If you have to pay an application fee before your interview, keep your receipt.
- Photo — When completing the online Form DS-160, you will add your photo. If the photo upload fails, you must bring one printed photo that meets the Photograph Requirements.
- It’s possible that you’ll need to provide more documentation.
- We cannot guarantee that a visa will be granted to you. Make no final trip plans or purchase tickets until you have received your visa.
- A visa is valid until it expires unless it is cancelled or revoked. As a result, a valid United States visa in an expired passport remains valid. If you have a valid visa in your expired passport, do not discard it. You may travel and enter the United States with your valid visa in your expired passport and a new valid passport.
A consular official will evaluate whether you are eligible for a visa and, if so, which visa category is appropriate for your travel purpose during your visa interview. You must demonstrate that you meet the legal requirements of the United States in order to be granted the visa category for which you are applying.
As part of the application process, you will be asked to submit digital fingerprint scans that are clear of ink. They’re normally taken during your interview, however it depends on where you are.
Your visa application may require additional administrative processing after your visa interview. If your application requires additional processing, the consular officer will inform you.
You will be informed how your passport with visa will be returned to you after the visa is accepted, and you may pay a visa issuance charge if applicable to your nationality. Examine the visa processing time to determine when your passport and visa will be ready for pick-up or delivery by a courier.